Report: Bucks County man who allegedly built bombs as hobby hurt in blast

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Thomas Piscione, 30, of Midwood Lane in the Levittown section of Bristol Township, allegedly caused an explosion in his home strong enough to blow out all of the one-story house's windows, May 19, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Tom Sofield/Levittownnow.com)

A Bristol Township man who allegedly caused an explosion in his home strong enough to blow out all of the one-story house's windows reportedly told police he made bombs as a hobby.

Thomas Piscione, 30, of Midwood Lane in the Levittown section, was arraigned Monday afternoon on one count of risking a catastrophe and one count of recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents. He remained jailed after he was unable to immediately pay 10 percent of $1 million bail, the court documents said.

Piscione's bail hearing came about 12 hours after the explosion rocked his quiet Bucks County neighborhood shortly after midnight, according to local news website Levittownnow.com, which reported that police believe the suspect was attempting to heat ammonium nitrate in his fireplace at the time.

“He may have been experimenting when the explosion happened,” Bristol Township Detective Lt. Terry Hughes said, according to the site.

Police reportedly found bomb making material inside the house as well as books about serial killers, but no actual bombs were found.

Firefighters who responded to the blast called police to the scene after finding Piscione with “singed hair and black soot all over his face," Levittownnow reported from the probable cause affidavit.

Piscione was sent to Bucks County prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3 in front of District Court Judge Robert L. Wagner Jr.


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